The adventure today was one that took us on a literary trail through historic Concord.
One of my favorite books from my childhood was one about Louisa May Alcott. And, of course, I later read Little Women and have seen the movie a zillion times.
Today, Mark took me to
Lexington Street and
the house where she lived when she wrote Little Women.
But, before we talk about this house, we have to go just down the street to
In 1845, Bronson Alcott, Louisa's father, bought this house and called it "Hillside". It was this house that Louisa based her book, Little Women. She said this was the house that she remembered the most in her childhood.
I am sorry so say that there was no photography allowed in either of the homes. But, for me to be able to walk through each of the rooms of both homes was like walking through the book.
But...there is more to this house...
Not only did the Alcott's live in the house called "Hillside", but in 1852, when Bronson Alcott decided to sell the house, it was purchased by author, Nathaniel Hawthorne. He renamed the house "The Wayside".
Then, in 1883, Daniel and Harriett Lothrop purchased the house from Hawthorne. Mrs. Lothrop penned under the name of Margaret Sidney. She was the author of Five Little Peppers.
But, it was Louise May Alcott's time in the house that I was lost in. I could see her as Jo, as she lived and played with her sisters in the very rooms were we stood.
Our tour then took us back to the
As with all tours, we ended up in the gift store. I couldn't leave with my very own copy of Little Women.
As we continued on toward Concord, we were also able to see
Next on my list...
Walden Pond and the
home of Henry David Thoreau.
I was again taken back to my school years. And, it was this poet that I studied and researched for a term paper.
After Thoreau quit work at his Dad's pencil factory in Concord in 1845, he moved to Walden Pond and lived here in this little house for 2 1/2 years. He was conducting an experiment in solitary living.
In 1854, he published Walden, a famous work. His guide about living alone...he wrote...
"I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I build myself, on the shores of Walden Pond..."
Thoreau wrote many pieces. His expressions and messages have wit and poetic sensibility, making them accessible to everyone.
What a great time I had today visiting in the homes of two of my favorite authors.
It is a quote from Thoreau that I would like to leave you with...
"Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake."